eriedasch wrote:I would have no problem with the courts looking at questionable ballots that were thrown out and verifying they should have been thrown out. What if some of the votes were legit? What is wrong with a candidate down by slightly more than 200 votes wanting to verify ballots?
Unless you have more info, I'm with lil bunny fu fu in saying simply wanting to verify votes is not a crime or basis of election tampering.
And if the ballots turn out to be bad anyway, at least Franken cannot come back and say questionable ballots were thrown out and that is why he did not win. At least everyone will be sure and isn't that what we want in democratic elections?
I am sorry my sarcasm didn't shine through, but I thought my other posts in this thread would lend the necessary context. I am firmly pro-Franken, and anti-Coleman as well, and while, ultimately, those positions are irrelevant to the subject of this thread "Franken stealing the election?", I thought I would get it down in digital print just to make it clear where I stand.
Really, I am trying to keep this thread alive as long as it takes for jjoyce to feel comfortable enough to come back in and explain what was going on in his head when he authored the thread. I don't know if his credibility is shot (that would be a personal judgment, you make your own), but I do know I take his subsequent postings with a grain of salt I never did before. The way he opened fire on Franken, seemingly without any evidence, then posted again with divergent argument, and finally dropped out of the thread entirely, after being asked direct questions by regular DPF members, is probably on the first page in Ned Flanders' playbook. After the countless times jjoyce has lambasted Ned for very similar tactics in this forum, I was left shaking my head, feeling in need of explanation.
Also, jjoyce and I are both Minnesota emigrants, with politics mostly based left of center. I certainly wouldn't expect us to agree on every issue, but on this subject, our opinions are virtually opposite, and I don't understand the cause for that gulf. And so, I am posting again.
You are correct, of course, pursuing whatever legal recourse he can to guarantee the veracity of the election results should not taint Franken with the accusation of fraud.
I tried to find an image of Franken doing the bits with the Grateful Dead in Dead Ahead, but I wasn't successful, so here is a picture of someone else on tour instead: